Today’s Headlines

  • Emanuel Says He May Refund Tickets From 2.9 Second Yellow Lights (Tribune)
  • CTA Making Second Attempt to Bid Out 846 Series 7000 Rail Cars (Tribune)
  • Transit Systems Will Test Out Ventra Mobile App in February (Sun-Times, Red-Eye)
  • NJ Company Claims CTA & Metra Infringed on Its Smart Card Reader Patent (Sun-Times)
  • Oak Lawn Man Charged for Several Sexual Abuse Cases Aboard CTA Trains in 2012 (Tribune)
  • Customers: If Metra Did a Better Job of Checking Tickets, They Wouldn’t Have to Raise Fares (Tribune)
  • Tattler: CTA Should Raise Fares to Fund Capital Improvements
  • Moreno Voices Support for Affordable Housing Development by the Bloomingdale Trail (DNA)
  • Van Driver Badly Damages the Night Ministry’s New Bus in Wicker Park Crash (DNA)
  • Active Trans Responds to the Trib’s “Ban Bikes for a Day” Op-Ed
  • Chicago Contractors Should Be Using Skid-Resistant Road Plates (Kevenides)
  • Why Does Bus Bunching Happen? (WBEZ)

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  • alexfrancisburchard

    I can’t read the article (paywall) but are they implying that metra could find 2.4 Billion dollars in fare evasions?

  • Fbfree

    In my mind, Metra doing a better job collecting tickets means that they cut their staff in half and use Proof of Payment. Fare evasion is not the problem.

  • No…

    “Rider Barbara Padiak, who takes Metra’s Union Pacific North Line from Glencoe, believes “the system is flawed” and that the nation’s second-largest commuter rail system should find a better way of collecting fares.

    ‘”It’s just physically impossible for the conductors to collect all the fares on a busy train,’ she said. “If this system had less loopholes, I can’t imagine Metra wouldn’t be getting 10 percent more revenue.”

  • alexfrancisburchard

    That I completely agree with. when I first moved here, I wondered what on earth they were doing. I’m used to the sounder in Seattle where you see a fare inspector maybe once a month, but we still have as low as a 2% fare evasion rate and our tickets are basically all smart-card based.

  • Greg

    I ride the Electric to Hyde Park and I know people who buy 10 rides instead of monthlies, as it’s pretty easy to avoid getting your ticket punched on the afternoon rush hour trains. There are some times I get on the evening train and I never see a conductor. I wish they would go to tap on, tap off, like Caltrain does in the Bay Area, but I imagine that will never happen.

  • But that 10% increase in revenue she’s suggesting basically matches the 11% Metra is calling for first.

  • “May refund” the tickets from 2.9 second yellow lights.

    As far as I know the policy required for yellow lights is at least 3 seconds. There should not be a “may” involved in the conversation, it’s “how” at this point. I’m all for accountability of roadway users, do it legitimately though.

  • Actually, state law allows for minute fluctuations due to electrical variances, so at least some of the 2.9-second yellow tickets are legal. More on this soon.

  • what_eva

    The city is stupid in this. If the yellows are set to 3s and that sometimes means 2.95s, then up the timing to 3.1s so that fluctuations don’t make it fall below 3s.

  • Anne A

    When I see fares not being collected, it’s almost always on weekends when stations are closed, so folks usually can’t buy tickets before getting on the train. Most of the stations don’t have vending machines, and many of the weekend riders I see do not have 10-rides or monthly passes, so those really are lost fares.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Yes, but if you want people to have confidence in the system, you have to stick to the rules.

    Secondly, its always been my feelings that the speed cams are not terribly exact either and that’s why they won’t ticket if the speed is <5 over.

  • what_eva

    The city doesn’t ticket unless it’s >10 over (law allows for >5, but the city isn’t ticketing that low, at least not yet)

  • what_eva

    I suspect the patent complaint is a patent troll. I would have to hope that CTA’s lawyers made this Cubic’s problem as well in the contracts.

  • Wewilliewinkleman

    Well that just makes me wonder if the technology isn’t as good as represented. With all the traffic/speed cams one would have to wonder how often they are inspected or adjusted.

    Certainly I would expect they will go to the >5 after the spring election.

  • The city is currently ticketing drivers going 10 mph or more over the the speed limit. They may eventually lower this and ticket drivers going 6 mph or more over the limit. http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/traffic_signals_andstreetlights/news/2014/sep/ASEsept16.html

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